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Time's Pencil

Shakespeare after the Folio

Poster image for Time's Pencil: Shakespeare after the Folio exhibit

Special Collections and University Archives (Knight Library, second floor North)
January 6-March 28, 2016

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In Sonnet 16, Shakespeare writes of “Time’s pencil,” the passage of time that changes even a beloved person, seeming to depict him differently physically and in memory as the years pass.

This installation in Knight Library is a companion to the traveling exhibition First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library, on display at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, January 6-February 7. The materials in Time’s Pencil show what happened after the First Folio’s publication in 1623. They offer orientation about Shakespeare’s writing methods and then survey the many shapes his work has taken for readers and audiences with the passing of time.

Time's Pencil is now available in expanded form as an educational website offering more interaction with the many rewritings of Shakespeare after 1623 and into the present.

Perhaps no other author has influenced the world as Shakespeare has. Yet what seems like the influence of a single writer also reflects the cultures that responded to Shakespeare. From the playwrights who adapted his plays to best please their own audiences, to the editors who offered countless versions of his “true” writings, to the many new stories told about Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s readers have recreated the author in myriad ways.

In his Sonnets, Shakespeare treats Time as a kind of rival poet; the Time's Pencil exhibit looks at some of the stories that poet has told about Shakespeare.

Curated by Lara Bovilsky, Associate Professor of English
Assisted by Bruce Tabb, Special Collections Librarian

Supported by the Kingsley Weatherhead Undergraduate Shakespeare Fund in the Department of English and the UO Libraries Special Collections and University Archives.

(Additional volumes from the UO Libraries' rare books collection--including Shakespeare's Second and Fourth Folios and the first edition of the works of playwright Ben Jonson--will be on display at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, January 6-February 7, supplementing the traveling exhibition First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare LibraryAdmission to the museum is FREE throughout this event.)

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